Submissions to Multiples close in


The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language.  Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters.  Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts.  The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.

 © William Horton "The Perfect Perch"William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.

©Barbara Dombach "Sparrow"Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.


© Sean Stewart "Comfortable Alley no34"Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.

 © EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine)

EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.

 © Harold Ross "Flying Fish"

Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?

© Hugh Jones "Alice in Wonderland"

Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.

© Fritzi Newton "If Doors Could Talk"

Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].

©Roz Leibowitz "Annie Julia or Life After Death"

Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.

Selections Expected by January 25th, 2018 23:59 EST

Juror: Christy Karpinski

Kitchen View
 by Ed Rubin
Los Angeles CA

With the beginning of a new year and the resumption of new Calls for Entry it seemed appropriate to give our contributors a chance to choose their own best photos, regardless of subject or genre, to enter.  Thus we named this exhibition OPEN - 2018, a chance for our contributors to choose their own photo genre. Whatever you most enjoy shooting or wherever you feel your strength as a photographer lies - be it landscapes, portraits, street photography, abstraction, still life, or any other of the myriad subjects one might choose - we want to see the work with which you choose to identify yourself.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:17 January 18 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 25 January 18
On-Line Check-in Due:26 January 18
Work Receipt Deadline:12 February 18
Exhibit Opens:15 February 18
Artists' Reception:24 February 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:18 March 18
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In selecting your own photos, remember to be aware of the objective quality of your work. It's easy to be so emotionally attached to an image that you don't recognize the effect it will have on the objective viewer. If you've presented some of your photos in a critique you'll have at least some feeling for the strong and weak points of any of those individual photos. It's important to recognize the technical factors that create the "appearance" of your photos - exposure, cropping, focus, depth of focus, etc.  Composition is another big factor - is the photo pleasing to the eye, does it follow the "rule of thirds", are there objects or lines in the photo that confuse the eye or lead it to the wrong place(s)?  But don't be overly concerned with the "rules". Thinking outside the box is often what makes for a striking photo image.  Or, in the words of Pablo Picasso, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist"                                                                                                  

All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog;

  • Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, a free exhibition catalog;
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition. 
  • People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit.
  • We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.

Juror: Christy Karpinski

Christy Karpinski is an acclaimed editor, publisher, writer, teacher, and working photographer.  As creator, publisher and editor of F-Stop Magazine she has become an important voice in promoting photographers and their work since 2002.  She teaches photography and website design at Columbia College in Chicago, IL, where she earned an MFA degree.  

Aline Smithson writes of Karpinski in LenScratch  "...much of Christy’s personal work revolves around children.  Her rich color saturated, and detail-focused photographs speak 'to the internal transition, by asking the adult viewer to identify with the child and to recognize how these changes in our perception of children are also changes in our perception and experience of ourselves as adults.'"

Karpinski's work has been exhibited at a number of galleries as well as the Griffin Museum of Photography . Her photos have also been published in  Wondertime, Shots, StoryQuarterly, File Magazine, Foto Pozytyw, Feline, Altar, as well as the books – Home Life, A Field Guide to the North American Family, COPA exhibition catalog, and the artist’s book Invisible.  She also published a book, F-Stop: the first four years, featuring a collection of photographers featured in F-Stop.





EXHIBIT NOW OPEN FROM January 12th 2018 to January 28th 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for January 12th, 2018


Once again Darkroom Gallery presents an opportunity for everyone in the Champlain Valley region to exhibit their work!

Entry Deadline: December 27, 2017  NOTE: ENTRY DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED

Opening Reception: January 12, 2018

If you live in the Champlain Valley (full or part time) and love making photos, make photos for a living, as a serious passion, or to fill your creative urges, we want to see your best shots. 

Submit up to five images, online or by email and we will select and print at least one and display it during a three week exhibition complete with an Artists' Reception at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction VT. 

For this exhibit, two members of our local photography group Art-in-Photography, Paul Dandurand and Timothy Gottshall, will join with well-known local art collector and eminent supporter of the arts Mark Waskow to select at least one of your images for display. Our previous Photo Slam saw the display of 130 images, and we hope to exceed that number this year.

There will be prizes for First, Second, and Third Place photos, as chosen by the jurors. There will also be a People's Choice prize for the photo that receives the most votes by attendees at the  Artist's Reception - that's why it's called a SLAM! Additional door prizes will be provided by local merchants. And we'll have a closing reception on January 27 at which photographers can pick up their photos and chat with other entrants. 


Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close: 27 December 17 23:59 EST
Selections Announced: by 3 January 17
Exhibit Opens: 12 January 18
Artists' Reception: 12 January 18, 19:00
Closing Reception 27 January 18, 16:00
Exhibit Closes: 27 January 18

The details:

  • You must be a full or part time resident of the Champlain Valley and surrounding areas in VT, NY, and QUE
  • Age doesn't matter. Minors will need a par­ent or guardian to submit their work.
  • All levels of experience are welcome.
  • We'll host a digital resizing workshop a few times before the event to help those not familier with the process.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm on December 27, 2017. All entries must be received by that time with no exceptions!
  • All selected prints will be hung at Darkroom Gallery for the duration of the exhibit, Jan 12 to Jan 27, 2018
  • We'll host a gala opening reception on January 12 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Plan on it and bring your family and friends for a fun photo party! 
  • We'll also host a closing reception where you can pick up your prints, trade with other photographers and talk about your work on January 27
  • All entries must be submitted online or by email 
  • Entries should be high quality JPGs no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side.
  • Final print sizes will be determined by the total number of entries selected. No entry will be printed at a resolution less than 150 DPI. For example An image 1280 x 1280 pixels can be printed at a maximum size of 8"x8".
  • The entry fee is $25 for up to five entries and $15 for students or youths under 18 years old.
  • Photographers under 18 and students must request a coupon to get the reduced rate. You can email a scan or photo of your student ID to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the gallery (802) 777-FOTO during regular hours 11-4 Mon-Fri to get a coupon.
  • If you submit via email there is an additional $5 fee, so please submit online and save yourself $5 and us some time.
  • Your entry fee covers the cost of printing your selected photo(s). All images will be printed by the Gallery.
  • The entry fee can be paid online with a credit card or in person at the gallery with cash, check, or credit card.
  • All selected entries will be printed on arc­hival paper, displayed on our website, and at Darkroom Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Entrants own their prints and can pick them up at the gallery during the closing reception or later during gallery hours.
  • Photographers can offer their prints for sale, set their own prices and retain all rights to their photographs.

Towns in the Lake Champlain Valley
If your town is not listed and you border Lake Champlain, Don't sweat it - just enter






Bolton Valley




Buels Gore



East Charlotte


Essex Junction

Essex Junction




Grand Isle





Isle La Motte


Malletts Bay




North Ferrisburgh

North Hero





South Burlington

South Hero

South Hinesburg

St. Albans

St. George




West Bolton





New York:





Crown Point


Port Henry



Port Kent



Rouses Point

White Hall



St. Armand







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Send your Completed Application, CD and Payment to:
Darkroom Gallery
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Essex Jct., VT 05452
(802) 777-FOTO

You can offer your prints for sale, you will be able to specify a price after selection notificaiton.

By entering this exhibit you grant Darkroom Gallery the right to use your selected image(s) to promote this exhibit on-line and in printed material and that's all!

The Darkroom Gallery helps photographers gain exposure by providing opportunities to have their work evaluated by a qualified juror for display in our Vermont gallery with very little expense or hassle. For our regular juried exhibits, all selected entries are included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror's Choice receives a 20x35" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our regular exhibitions, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.




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After 99 Exhibitions we are taking a break! 

Over the next month or two we are planning to do some work on our web site and better organize and advertise our inventory of fabulous prints we have been collecting. We also want to host a few more workshops and photographer community events.

Once we regroup, for our 100th exhibit, we are planning to host our 4th Champlain Valley Photo Slam Probably in November/December.

We really appreciate all the support we have received over the last seven years and queries from eager photographers about future exhibitions.

Stay tuned! 



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